Medical Student Awards
The Nashville Academy of Medicine presents two awards annually to graduating medical student members for achievement in education, leadership, and civic involvement, and exemplary character and leadership. These awards are given in memory of two exceptional physician leader members of the Academy.
Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award
This award is presented by the Nashville Academy of Medicine in recognition of the service and contribution of Dorothy Lavinia Brown, MD, as a member of the Academy and a leading physician and teacher of physicians. It also honors the quality of medical leadership in Nashville and the commitment to partner with physicians of the future. As Dr. Brown taught at Meharry Medical College, this award is given to a graduating medical student from Meharry in her memory. For achievement in education, leadership, and civic involvement, the Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award is presented to the graduating medical student who has an understanding and appreciation for such endeavors, and who demonstrates exemplary character and leadership.
The 2020 recipient is Mariel Watkins. She has served as President of her freshman Class, Vice President of her Junior Class, President of the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section as a second year medical student, Co-President of the ENT Interest Group, and founded a student led peer mentor program for USMLE examinations. Mariel received The Dr. Janet Scott Birch Memorial Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and National Medical Fellowships National Alumni Council Scholarship, which aims to address the severe national shortage of physician leaders committed to the health of underserved communities and is awarded to fourth-year minority medical students. She participated in the Washington University School of Medicine Summer Research Program the summer after her first year of medical school, which led to her specialty of otolaryngology, as well as her interest in research. Mariel will be completing otolaryngology residency at University of Michigan.
Dr. Tom Nesbitt Award
This award is presented by the Nashville Academy of Medicine in recognition of the service and contribution of Tom Nesbitt, M.D., as a member of the Academy and 133rd president of the American Medical Association. It also honors the quality of medical leadership in Nashville, as evidenced through the eight AMA presidents elected from the Nashville Academy of Medicine, the most of any county in the country. As Dr. Nesbitt taught at Vanderbilt, this award is given to a graduating medical student from Vanderbilt in his honor. For achievement in education, socio-economic, and legislative affairs, the Tom Nesbitt Award is presented to the graduating medical student who has an understanding and appreciation for such endeavors, and who demonstrates exemplary character and leadership.
The 2020 recipient is Varun Menon. Varun has been highly involved in the activities of NAM both at NAM and on campus at Vanderbilt. He served president of his class as a first year and a fourth year, and as co-president of the Vanderbilt Chapter of NAM/TMA/AMA during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years and remained active as a resource to the co-presidents in 2019-20. Varun has also served his colleagues as a regional medical student delegate to the American Medical Association. While an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, Varun co-founded the Arthur Guyton Foundation, where he currently volunteers as chair of the board. This organization is dedicated to making a difference in combating childhood epidemic diseases around the globe and to securing the health and wellbeing of the youth in our local communities. Varun is also a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and will be completing his Family Medicine residency at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
There is no application form for these awards. Recipients are selected from among the engaged graduating medical student members of the Nashville Academy of Medicine for their achievements in education and civic engagement as well as their exemplary character and leadership.